Sobieski and Nisswa locked up Region 8C’s final two berths into the Class C state amateur baseball tournament over the weekend in Upsala, with Nisswa and Lastrup the final two teams in contention for the region title.
Lastrup and Nisswa will meet up for the region championship Saturday in Upsala, with Nisswa needing to defeat the Lakers twice. It will be the first region title for either team.
Fort Ripley will be Region 8C’s third seed at state and Sobieski will be the fourth seed.
Sobieski 10, Upsala 0
After suffering its first setback against a Victory League foe in the first weekend of the region tournament, Sobieski bounced back with a 10-0 win over Upsala in a state play-in game behind a six-hit shutout from Tyler Jendro.
Jendro also helped his own cause at the plate, raking three hits and driving in three runs, with Jon Czech going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs.
Joey Hanowski and Josh Wenzel each added two hits and Thomas Miller drove in two runs.
Justin Lamper and Brady Burggraff each had two hits for Upsala.
Nisswa 8, Freeport 1
Nisswa was in control from the outset in the other state play-in game, handling Freeport 8-1.
Jason Roepke scattered 10 hits in the complete-game win on the mound for Nisswa, while also slugging a homer himself.
Luke Schumer, Jeremiah Piepkorn and Brett Jenkins all had three hits for the Lightning.
Lastrup 9, Fort Ripley 7
Fort Ripley rallied from four runs down to tie the game late, but Lastrup regained the lead on an RBI triple by Rick Schlieman and squeeze bunt from Reggie Litke to knock off Fort Ripley 9-7 and earn a spot in the region finals.
Jason Sadlovsky went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer for the Lakers, with Chad Weiss, Dan Saehr and Schlieman all adding two hits.
Litke picked up the win with 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.
Brett Kramer went 3-for-5 with three runs, three stolen bases and two RBIs for Fort Ripley.
Nisswa 5, Sobieski 3
Nisswa 5, Fort Ripley 4
Nisswa earned a spot alongside Lastrup in the region finals by defeating Sobieski 5-3 and Fort Ripley 5-4 in back-to-back elimination games.
Kyle Schaible was the complete-game winner versus Sobieski, aided offensively by an Adam Hardy two-run homer and three hits from Luke Schumer.
Riley Hirsch went 3-for-4 and Josh Wenzel blasted a home run for the Skis.
Nisswa then earned its fourth win in five tries on the year against Fort Ripley.
Roepke homered for the second day in a row and joined Mark Germain and Piepkorn in recording two hits.
Jenkins earned the win with 3 2/3 innings of shutout relief.
Jason Sather went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run for Fort Ripley.